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Caring For Your Pet Bird

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Caring for the health of your beloved pet parrot is most probably your number one concern, regardless of whether your parrot has just been weaned or if your parrot is an older bird that you have just adopted. Your parrot’s overall wellbeing is very important as a parrot that is well cared for will live a very happy and healthy life for many years to come.

The first thing to consider when trying to put your parrot on the right path to good health, is to make sure that they are eating right. A good diet makes a good parrot!

Parrots should eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies daily. But they should also be allowed to experienced human food such as cooked pasta. Make sure to remove any leftover fruits, veggies or cooked foods when your parrot is done eating them as they might spoil and will make your parrot very sick if she eats them.

Supplement your parrot’s diet with good pellet mix. Try to choose one that does not contain Ethoxyquin, a preservative found in most pellet mixes. This preservative has been the cause of many parrot deaths over the years. Also, choose a pellet mix that does not contain too many colored pellets. While your parrot will certainly enjoy the bright colors offered to her, these colored pellets are actually made with colored sugar to give them their vibrant hues. Too much sugar is actually quite bad for a parrot’s health and wellbeing. A proper parrot diet should include a mix of pellets, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables and grains.

Avoid foods that are salty, fatty, contain caffeine, contain alcohol, or consist of chocolate, avocados, apple seeds or rhubarb leaves as these are all very toxic to parrots. Each type of parrot species has a unique dietary requirement. It would be in your parrot’s best interest for you to research what your parrot would eat in the wild and try to mimic that at home.

Of course, you should also make sure that your parrot has clean, fresh water available to her all the time, even if this means that you have to replace your parrot’s water three or four times a day. This is because there is a lot of bacteria that can grow quickly within dirty water that can make parrots very sick very quickly.

At least once per year, you should take your parrot into see a certified avian veterinarian for a checkup. This checkup is commonly referred to as a Well Bird Exam and should ideally be completed at least once every 6 months. The vet you see must be certified to treat birds, regular vets lack the special advanced training necessary to detect illness and injury in a pet parrot.

Always watch your parrot carefully and bring your parrot into the vet as soon as you notice any change in their behavior. Parrots will hide any injury or illness until it is almost too late to help them. So it is up to you be very vigilant to ensure your parrot’s wellbeing.

Caring For Your Pet Bird

You Know How to Keep Your Bird Healthy and Safe?

Click here to read what you should be feeding
your bird for optimal health

With dogs and cats being the most common pets in homes, the information on how to properly care for pet birds is not near as great. Many owners learn their skills through trial and error, which sometimes results in sick, dead, or ill behaved birds.

With this in mind, a leading avian veterinarian stepped up to write a guide for all bird owners, new or advanced. Dr. Joel Murphy has created a book that is a must have for all bird owners!

Click here to learn just who Dr. Murphy is

What Can You Learn that You Didn’t Know?

It might surprise you to know how much there is to know about bird care! Many mistakes can easily be avoided and your bird can have a long and healthy life. Inside Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird you’ll find valuable chapters of information on subjects like:

Pet bird nutrition: Easy approach to correct nutrition. Did you know the #1 cause of illness is malnutrition?

Pet bird misconceptions: What are those myths and misconceptions about birds that might be a problem? Learn the truth!

Veterinarian: You need one for your bird too, and it’s not that easy to find one. Learn what a good bird doctor looks like and how to find that person.

Bird care: How to housetrain your bird and properly care for him to keep him healthy.

Bird illness: Learn what early symptoms look like and when you need to go to the veterinarian.

Emergencies: When is it an illness and when is it an emergency situation? Learn to spot the difference and know what is an emergency for your bird.

Beak issues: Learn more about your bird’s beak and what disorders he could suffer from.

Feather plucking: Why does he do it and how to help stop it?

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe.

Parasites and how to deal with them if they occur

Baby birds: Caring for baby birds and how to detect any disorders.

Aviary management: Basic and advanced information for optimum bird care.

Click here to see the table of contents for a look inside the book

Experts Agree…

The experts agree that Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird is a valuable book for anyone:

“Dr. Murphy has produced a very useful book, written in an easy-to-understand style. This text should prove an invaluable resource for pet bird owners and aviculturists alike.” Phillip Samuelson, Technical Editor, Bird Talk and Bird Breeder

“How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!” Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk

Click to read what other experts think

Nathalie Roberts

The Healthy Parrot

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

It is currently estimated that there are over 5 million homes in America that have pet parrots and other birds. Even though these brightly colored and highly intelligent creatures are members of the family, they can still unwittingly pass on germs to their human family. There are a few diseases that parrots can pass onto their people:

1. Cryptococcosis

This fungus is typically found in contaminated pigeon droppings and although it is somewhat rare in pet birds, people can still contract it by inhaling the contaminated dust or if the fungus spores land inside an open wound. Parrots can become infected if there are pigeons in their environment; for example pigeon droppings on a window ledge near a parrot’s cage. People who have been contaminated with Cryptococcus will have symptoms that resemble pneumonia: coughing, fever and shortness of breath.

2. Avian Tuberculosis

Avian Tuberculosis is a disease in which bacteria is spread from birds, parrots and other creatures to people. Parrots that are infected with Avian Tuberculosis will show such symptoms as diarrhea, depression, and lethargy and weight loss. Infected animals and birds will actually shed or molt the bacteria in large amounts throughout their environments.

Although scientist are unsure exactly how Avian Tuberculosis is transmitted to humans, they do know that people get from environmental exposure to the bacteria. Those humans affected usually already have a compromised immune system. Symptoms in people include diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss and being tired all of the time.

3. Parrot Fever

Parrot owners are more susceptible to Parrot Fever than any other pet owner. It is transmitted when a person breaths in the bacterial secretions of an infected parrot, or other psittacine bird, or from wild birds and poultry. Some parrots will show obvious signs of having Parrot Fever; while other parrots may live out their whole life without showing any symptom at all. People with Parrot Fever will experience headaches, muscle aches, fevers, chills, coughing and breathing issues. These symptoms start between five and fourteen days after the person was first exposed.

The best ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pet parrot, is to practice cleanliness and take your parrot in to see the vet for routine Annual Well Bird Exams. Remember to always wash your hands with warm soapy water after you have handled any bird, or touched their droppings. Keeping your parrot’s cage as clean as possible will also be a great benefit.

The Healthy Parrot

Long live the bird!

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

Parrots are a lot more delicate than they may first appear. We all know they can and should live decades. Large parrots can live anywhere from about 50-70 years. The smaller birds can even live over 2 decades. Unfortunately, captive caged birds often don’t enjoy as healthy a life and don’t reach these natural lifespans.

Some of the most common reasons a bird won’t be healthy is actually fairly preventable. Viral and bacterial infections can be prevented with proper housing and cleaning and keeping the bird’s stress levels low. Vitamin deficiency and poor nutrition can be avoided with a full, complete, and nutritious diet.

Click here to learn more about how birds can stay healthy

Learn to be observant

Knowing your bird and his everyday normal behavior is one of the best ways to detect a problem. Birds don’t always appear ill until they are seriously ill, but they often exhibit subtle signs that indicate poor health or disease before then. Make sure you know what is normal for your bird but also spend time with your bird and handle him to know what feels normal too.

Nutritional deficiencies can cause respiratory stress or even seizures over time. Parasites, even internal ones, can cause a bird to pick and itch at himself. Pay attention to a change in his stools and droppings. Also take note of how noisy or verbal he normally is because a drop in communication can indicate a problem too.

Read more about what is normal versus abnormal to be prepared

Raising Polly

How can you know all of these things and be prepared? Raising Polly is a book that contains everything you need to know about how to raise a well-adjusted and healthy bird. You’ll learn the basics of nutrition, cage care, stress reduction, training, and more. You’ll know how to take care of your bird to prevent problems as well as how to recognize when a problem happens.

In addition to the e-book Raising Polly, you’ll receive the audiobook version as well as an e-book about training your parrot. All of this is risk free. You’ll have a 60 day no question asked money back guarantee if you’re not happy.

Click here to learn more about Raising Polly and how it can help you

Nathalie Roberts

Simple Parrot Care

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Although most baby parrots are brought into their new homes already weaned, there are some parrots that will still need some extra TLC before they are completed weaned and can eat on their own.

Here are a few tips on how to hand feed a baby parrot:

1. Before you bring your new baby bird home, make sure you have the breeder or an Avian Certified Veterinarian show you how to hand feed first. Make sure to ask plenty of questions and have them watch you a couple of times.

2. Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap before you begin, and make sure you wash them again afterwards.

3. Commercial baby parrot food can be bought at most pet stores and are easy to make up at home. Always feed a fresh batch of formula and keep the temperature between 100 degrees and 108 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your species of parrot. The younger your parrot is the more liquid he will need.

4. Avoid crop burns by not heating the formula in the microwave. When microwaved, hand feeding formula can sometimes create hot spots which can cause serious injury to baby parrots. Rather heat up the formula by using a double boiler method. The bowl should stay in a dish of warm water to keep the formula warm whilst you feed. You can self-test the temperature by placing a drop of the formula on the inside of your wrist.

5. Try feeding your baby parrot with a syringe, spoon, and/or a feeding tube, to see which one he likes best.

6. With your baby parrot sitting on a cotton towel, gently hold his head from behind and carefully stretch his neck slightly. Your finger or thumb should be resting underneath his lower beak.

7. Touch the side of your parrot’s beak with the feeding syringe and angle the tip towards the opposite side of your parrot’s throat. A parrot’s esophagus is situated on the parrot’s right side – so your left when your parrot is facing towards you. A parrot’s windpipe runs down the middle part of the neck.

8. Your baby parrot will start making pumping motions as you slowly start to release the formula down his throat. Be very careful not to feed to fast as you could flood his trachea. Always go slowly.

9. The quantity of feedings depends on the age and species of your parrot. Most parrots will require more feedings during their 2nd and 3rd weeks. Once fed, your parrot’s crop should feel full, but then should empty out within 3 to 4 hours afterward feeding. If the crop is still full of food after this time, frame immediately see your Avian Veterinarian.

10. Purchase a scale and be sure to weigh your baby parrot both before and after all feedings. If there are any major discrepancies, consult your Avian Veterinarian as soon as possible.

Simple Parrot Care

Did you know it’s actually pretty simple to care for a parrot?

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

It can be daunting when you first have a parrot to know if you’re doing the right things. There are fewer bird professionals like veterinarians located near you than if you had a dog. Turning to the internet can be a lifesaver for information, but how do you know what the truth is?

The truth is there are really 3 secrets to proper parrot care:

1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it

2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!

3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.

That’s it!

Click here to read more about how easy it is to care for a parrot

Healthy is happiness

Parrots live for decades. It’s not uncommon for a parrot to live 60 years, and many even outlive their original owners. If he doesn’t have the right living environment his life can be drastically shortened, and he might not even make decade.

When you follow the 3 keys to care mentioned above you really do set him up to be both healthy and happy. His cage needs proper placement and cleanliness to minimize chances of disease. His food needs to be more than just seed to help promote nutrition. Lastly, clean toys he can play with help to promote brain engagement and reduce potential behavioral problems. This is a healthy bird you can then train for all sorts of things!

Click here to see what other things you can do for your parrot’s health

Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

The e-book Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird was written by a professional parrot breeder who has over two decades of experience with birds. His experiences and knowledge have been put into one valuable resource. He outlines and details exactly what you need to do to keep your parrot 100% healthy and happy.

In addition to the e-book, you’ll receive two bonus items:

  • The e-book Training Your Parrot: 12 Simple Tricks Any Parrot Can Learn
  • An mp3 file of Raising Polly so you can listen along to the book

Plus there is a no-risk 60 day guarantee, but we know you’ll love the information you find!

Click here to read more about Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

Nathalie Roberts

Ouch…that Hurts! Does Your Parrot Bite?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Ouch…that Hurts!

Dear Parrot Lover,

How often does your sweet parrot mistake your fingers for his or her own personal chew toy? How many times have you yelped in pain, shocked that your sweet baby could lash out like that?

The sad thing is that as soon as you have been once at least twice by your beloved bird, you slowly start to distrust them. This can eventually lead to socialization issues down the road as ‘gun-shy’ parrot owners tend to reduce the amount of time they spend interacting and playing with their parrot. The flip side to this is that the parrot will take this forced alone time very seriously, and will become increasingly territorial – lashing out and biting at anyone that comes to close to his cage.

Sadly still, is that for the most part, these bites can easily be prevented if a caring parrot owner just took a few minutes to observe the warning signs.

Obviously, things should never get to this point. With a little patience, a parrot that is biting the hand that feeds him can easily become a sweet parrot that yearns to be petted and held.

The easiest way to do this is by simply observing your parrot and taking serious note of their body language. Now, each parrot will have their own unique body language, but there are quite a few common ones that each parrot will display as a warning cue that they are getting ready to bite.

Such body language cues include your parrot pinning his eyes or fluffing out his beautiful feathers. Under no circumstances should you ever ignore these signs. As these are either indicators that your parrot is ill, or that it is uncomfortable and about to lash out at you and bite.

Firstly, never force your parrot to do something that he simply does not want to do. All parrots are strong willed and will view this is an encroachment on their personal freedom. Your parrot will let you know this by biting you.

For example, a parrot that has been inside his cage for days on end without being let out, will bite any hand that comes inside his cage.

The parrot has now become territorial of their cage and will defend it from intrusion.

However, the most common reasons your parrot may bite include:

  • Fear
  • Frustration
  • Reaching Adolescence
  • Molting Feathers
  • Protecting their cage/toys/favorite person
  • Jealousy

If your parrot does bite you, try your best not to cry out, yell, or scold your parrot. These verbal actions will only be seen as comedic antics and you will then teach your parrot that he will be rewarded with a lively show if he bites you. Learning to understand your parrot’s behavior will help you to forge a better, loving and trusting relationship with your parrot that will last for many years to come.

Does your bird bite?

Click here to read more about parrot biting!

No need to beat around the bush on this one. If you’ve got a bird who has bitten you at least one time then I know you want to find a solution for that. Bird bites are painful! Not only is the bite painful, but it can actually be of great harm to you if your bird rips your skin, breaks a finger, etc.

Additionally, once a bird begins to bite, most owners become frightened of their own bird. This helps continue the biting cycle as the bird realizes that the idea of biting can control some of what you do. It becomes a vicious cycle.

Why does my bird bite?

You’re probably wondered why your bird is biting you. Every owner does, and you’re not alone. The simple fact is that there many reasons why a bird bites, and it is a normal behavior in parrots. Once you can strip away the details, you can figure out why he is doing it and then how to solve it.

A common reason that a bird may bite is out of fear. This can be directed at you or at other people. His body language and behavior will always give away that he is frightened or feeling threatened in a situation because he may attempt to move away, flap his wings to get away, scream, or make other vocalizations. Biting probably isn’t his first choice, but it may be used.

Other options for biting include feeling threatened and territorial, having a hormone surge, feeling frustrated, or he even may feel protective over someone he has chosen as “his” person!

Click here to read more about why parrots bite!

Undoing the biting

The Bird Tricks training system is one option to learn more about not just parrot biting but also how to solve it. Birding professionals have come up with a parrot biting cheat sheet that helps you identify what kind of biting your bird is actually doing. Then they help you figure out the best course of action to work with it. Additionally, you’ll have access to videos and other materials so that you can learn by watching and then doing.

Click here to to learn more about the bird training system

Nathalie Roberts

What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

One of the main reasons why prospective parrot owners initially wish to purchase a parrot is just because they eager to have a talking pet. While it is true that parrots can and do talk – not every species of parrot has this ability.

If you are wanting a parrot just so that you can train it to talk, select a larger parrot such as a Macaw, Amazon, Cockatoo, or African Grey. These are the top parrot species that have an innate talking ability.

However, choosing the right species of parrot does not guarantee that the parrot you choose will actually talk. Regardless of the species, you will still need to have plenty of patience and proper knowledge on how to effectively train your parrot in order for him to realize his full talking potential.

To help you with this process, here is some parrot talking advice:

1. Start by distinctly enunciating your words so that your parrot can better pick up on the unique sounds they make

2. When first teaching your parrot a word or phrase, start by first speaking it aloud – nice and clearly. Then continue teaching it by using that very same word or phrase in a complete sentence. This is done so that your parrot will become better accustomed to hearing the word or phrase being reiterated in a variety of contexts.

3. Whenever your smart parrot reiterates or repeats the word or phrase right back, immediately reward him with tons of praise and perhaps a treat of his favorite food! Do this even if he gets the word or phrase wrong – it is they trying that you are rewarding.

4. You and your parrot can participate together in a short and fun conversation. This teaching advice will help to not only improve your parrot’s talking ability, but it will also help to foster more trust, respect, and love between the two of you. Choose short conversations involving his everyday necessities such has his food, treats, or toys.

5. Soon you can turn such a conversation into a question and answer format where you are asking your parrot the question and he is supplying you with the answer using the words and phrases that have been taught to him by you.

6. Keep all talk training sessions under 30 minutes each day, and make sure that the two of you will be able to have each other’s undivided attention.

7. The most important piece of advice is to refrain from punishing or scolding your parrot in any way. Each parrot learns to talk at their own their own unique pace – do not force him or try to rush him as he will become disgruntled and your loving relationship can turn sour.

What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Whenever anyone thinks of a parrot, they think of a talking bird. It can be disappointing if your bird hasn’t yet gained the skill to talk with you. All members of the parrot family are naturally vocal birds who like to chatter which makes it easier to have a bird who talks. But, there are some birds who are more inclined to speak such as the African Grey and some that are less inclined such as budgies.

Ideally the best way to get a bird talking is two-fold. First, start with a very young bird. Young birds learn their vocal skills right out of the nest much like human babies start babbling very early. Second, if you want a vocal bird he needs to live in a vocal environment. That means spending time with you bird, taking with your bird, and having those sounds around him. It makes it that much easier for him to mimic.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Learning by seeing

Maybe you’ve felt stumped about training your bird to talk, and you’ve been confronted with just articles or manuals. These can be very good resources, but they don’t always provide the whole picture. Clear and concise videos are often a better option when training any animal because it allows you to see the training in action.

The Elite Parrots Club offers just this opportunity through their bird expert known as the Bird Lady. The Bird Lady has many years of experience with birds, and she has created a wealth of videos to show you how to work with your bird both on training him to speak and also on problem solving other issues. There are also many accompanying articles to review after the videos.

Click here to learn more about the videos you’ll have access to Parrot Talk Training

What are others saying…

The Bird Lady and the Elite Parrots Club are already changing birds’ lives. Here is what some club members are saying:

“My Honduras Amazon, who is 9-years-old, has a vocabulary of at least 100 words. He has taken individual words and made his own sentences. Some of them are quite hilarious.”

“Even though my parrot talked some when we got him, he has achieved a much larger vocabulary and talks on command now.”

Click here to view to read about other member experiences of The Elite Parrots Club

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Easy Bird Training

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

When you were a child, you most likely visited the circus at least once and saw the amazing feats of well-trained parrots performing tricks such as playing miniature basketball and riding around on roller-skates.

Now that you are an adult, the idea of having such an amazing pet has led you to purchase or adopt a parrot of your very own. However, more than likely, you may have underestimated the whole ‘training a parrot is easy’ thing.

Indeed, training a parrot to do tricks is just as hard as it is to train a parrot to be well behaved. But you cannot have one without the other. Teaching your parrot proper social cues and behavior first will go a long way in training your parrot to do tricks.

Here is a short and simple list of four of the best parrot training tips:

1. First, the more relaxed and happy a parrot is, the easier it is to train him. So make sure that you leave all your anxiety and stress from work AT work and do not bring it home with you. Parrots are extremely perceptible to the energies of their owners and other people who are around them.

A happy and confident parrot will always remain well behaved and will remember his training cues. However, you will need to first be happy, calm, and confident yourself before you can expect your parrot to be as well. Since parrots easily notice our energies and emotions, make sure you check them at the door before interacting with your parrot on any level. Do be aware that if you are a naturally hyperactive person, you may have a slightly harder time training your parrot.

Do speak in a voice that is soothingly gentle, as this will aid greatly in helping your parrot stay just as calm and attentive to you. You should be just as calm whenever you feel the need to reprimand your parrot. Never raise your voice or yell at your parrot, as he will just believe that you are trying to engage him in an elaborate and exciting new game, and will play along with you by screaming as well.

2. The intelligence and emotions of the larger parrots are equivalent to those of a two to three year old child. Try to remember this whenever you are handling your parrot and never throw things at your parrot or his cage, do not withhold food or water as a form of punishment or training tactic, never smack him on the beak or head as these are considered animal abuse and can lead to serious physical and emotional damage in your parrot.

3. Try to take into account that all parrots are extremely fragile and dainty animals and can easily be harmed even when the intention is not actually there. Be sure to take all of the necessary precautions to make sure that your parrot is as a safe as possible in your home. Keep your parrot’s nails filed down so that they do not snag on items or scratch you when training the ‘Step Up’ command. Keep his wings clipped as well so that he cannot fly away when you are trying to train him.

4. The very first command you should attempt to teach your parrot is the ‘Step Up’ command. Start by pushing your finger gently against your parrot’s breast, while saying ‘step up’. This action will cause your parrot to lose balance slight and he will need to step up on to your finger in order to maintain his balance. Continue doing this all the while repeating the ‘step up’ command – effectively creating a ladder with your fingers for your parrot to climb.

This is a wonderful command to practice each day, even after your parrot has mastered this cue.

Training your bird is fun!

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Training birds can be a challenge, but it can also be fun. After all, parrots are exceptionally smart and curious which can be ideal traits for learning. When embarking on any training program with your bird you want to keep some key tips in mind.

First, learn to read your bird. He’s not always going to be in the mood for training, so if you can determine when he seems the brightest and most eager to learn, you’ll have more success. Additionally, learn to pick up on his cues of stress and base your training progress on him. Trying to push him too quickly may cause both frustration and stress and create a bird who doesn’t want to learn.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Where to start with your bird

Your first training steps should be towards creating a bird that is comfortable with being handled and worked with. That means training on handling exercises and teaching him how to step up onto perches or onto your hand. Be careful about ever teaching him to step up onto your shoulder as later on you may risk injury. It’s often suggested you not allow a bird, especially a large one, to sit on your shoulder.

Handling exercises should also include getting him used to having a lightweight and light colored towel wrapped around him. You should ask your veterinarian to show you how at first to make sure it’s correct, but this is important in case you need to medicate your bird or inspect him due to injury.

Click here to learn more beginning bird training

Expert training knowledge for perfect training at home

In our internet connected world it’s possible to be connected to a bird training professional from the comforts of your home. The very same person that helped train world famous magician David Copperfield’s birds is the same person that can help you train your bird.

With expert easy-to-follow training videos, articles, and support you’ll feel like the professionals behind Bird Tricks are right there with you!

Click here to view to read about Bird Tricks and the training program

Nathalie Roberts

Does Your Bird Talk?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The Best Phrases to Teach Your Parrot

Parrots are extremely sociable creatures and actually constantly crave attention from their human flock members. It is no surprise then that some parrots will learn to talk faster than other parrots as a means of vocal communication with their owners. But what are best phrases to teach your parrot?

First you’ll have to learn how to properly train your parrot to talk:

The morning hours and early evening hours are when most parrots are naturally more vocal. This is because these are the times of day, when in the wild, parrots would go out in the morning to forage for food and then would return back to roost in the evening. Their calls back and forth to each other would help them find food and return home safely at the end of the day.

Therefore, it would be better for your parrot if you structured your training sessions around the morning hours or early evening hours, preferably at a time when the two of you can be left undisturbed. This means having no television or radio on, or having guests and family members come in and out of your training session. Such interruptions can be detrimental to your working arrangement with your parrot and could actually hamper your training efforts.

Obviously you will need to have a good rapport with your parrot before you can even begin to attempt a training session. If your parrot fears you or doesn’t trust you then they are not going to want to learn anything at all.  In fact, such a parrot will instead be quiet and will keep as far away from you as possible. Once they trust you your parrot will start to get your attention by using its own natural vocals.

Parrots are natural mimics and love to imitate and try out new sounds that they hear. So start slowly and choose just a few simply syllable words and phrases to speak slowly to your parrot.

Try these phrases:

“Good morning!”

“What’ya doing?”

“Who’s there?”

“Come here!”

Once your parrot has mastered these simple phrases you can then move on to more specific phrases, such as naming treats and activities:

“Wanna cracker?”


Parrots are so intelligent that they will eventually learn to associate certain phrases and words with an actual situation or need.

Whenever you give your parrot a treat or a toy, ask him if he wants it by carefully enunciating your words. You should try to use an item’s proper name so that your parrot can learn to associate the word with the object.

By following these simple techniques your parrot will be talking in no time!

What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

Whenever anyone thinks of a parrot, they think of a talking bird.  It can be disappointing if your bird hasn’t yet gained the skill to talk with you.  All members of the parrot family are naturally vocal birds who like to chatter which makes it easier to have a bird who talks.  But, there are some birds who are more inclined to speak such as the African Grey and some that are less inclined such as budgies.

Ideally the best way to get a bird talking is two-fold.  First, start with a very young bird.  Young birds learn their vocal skills right out of the nest much like human babies start babbling very early.  Second, if you want a vocal bird he needs to live in a vocal environment.  That means spending time with you bird, taking with your bird, and having those sounds around him.  It makes it that much easier for him to mimic.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Learning by seeing

Maybe you’ve felt stumped about training your bird to talk, and you’ve been confronted with just articles or manuals.  These can be very good resources, but they don’t always provide the whole picture.  Clear and concise videos are often a better option when training any animal because it allows you to see the training in action.

The Elite Parrots Club offers just this opportunity through their bird expert known as the Bird Lady.  The Bird Lady has many years of experience with birds, and she has created a wealth of videos to show you how to work with your bird both on training him to speak and also on problem solving other issues.  There are also many accompanying articles to review after the videos.

Click here to learn more about the videos you’ll have access to

What are others saying…

The Bird Lady and the Elite Parrots Club are already changing birds’ lives.  Here is what some club members are saying:

“My Honduras Amazon, who is 9-years-old, has a vocabulary of at least 100 words. He has taken individual words and made his own sentences. Some of them are quite hilarious.”

“Even though my parrot talked some when we got him, he has achieved a much larger vocabulary and talks on command now.”

Click here to view to read about other member experiences of The Elite Parrots Club

Unlocking Your Inner Bird

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

Unlocking Your Inner Bird

It’s Not a Secret on How to Work with Your Bird

Click here to see how easy it really is to have a

happy, healthy and obedient parrot

It doesn’t have to be a secret any longer! Working with your bird should be a fun experience. You shouldn’t fear your bird will bite you. You shouldn’t have to plug your ears all day long to avoid loud, prolonged screaming. You shouldn’t have to worry about your bird plucking all of his feathers out and making a ton of trips to the vet to figure out why.

There are simple ways to correct all of these issues. You just have to start thinking like a bird.

Click here to learn more about working with your bird

Training Your Bird

There are ways to work with your bird and to learn it all easily. It involves a few different things such as:

Patience: You’ve got to have patience and work slowly with your bird. Don’t expect too much too quickly or try to make him do things faster. Short sessions, even just 15 minutes a day, are all you need to do.

Fun: Things need to be fun for both you and the bird. Be loving towards your bird, praise him, and reward him, and he will want to learn more.

No pain: Training your bird shouldn’t incorporate any level of pain at all. No yelling, no hitting, and no punishment should be done. Instead, learn the most innovative methods that show your bird exactly what you want him to do in a non-threatening manner.

Thinking like a bird: Birds aren’t people, even if you want him to be a feathered child. You have to learn how the brain of your bird works so that your training can be tailored to how he thinks and learns, not how you do.

Click here to read more about bird learning and training

The Parrot Secrets System

You can have a professional show you what you need to know. These are methods that many of the top bird trainers use, and now you have access to them in an easy to read e-book system.

What’ll you read about:

Book 1: How to Get Your Parrot To Talk And Do Astonishing Tricks

You’ll learn the tricks to training your bird. What are the easiest words
to get a bird to say as well as what might be preventing him from talking in
the first place.

Book 2: “How To Get My Parrot To Love Me”

Getting down to the nitty gritty of bird behavioral issues such as biting
and screaming. What causes these issues and how can you resolve them.

Book 3: A Happy Parrot Diet…

Includes important tips as well as warnings for optimum parrot nutrition and
health. Learn the right blend of seed to fresh veggies and other food for your
bird and also learn what to avoid.

Book 4: How To Choose Your First Parrot Wisely…

In case you haven’t gotten a parrot yet, this is a must read to learn what to look for in a parrot. Learn about bird sellers and how to find the right one.

Click here to read more information about each e-book

For a limited time, you can get
in on the Secret for a special deal!

If you act now, this must have Parrot Secrets e-book program can be yours for only $17.95. This is only for a limited time! Don’t worry with the risk free 120 day guarantee!

Click here to check out Parrot Secrets program

Nathalie Roberts

Meeting Your Parrot’s Needs

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

With the increase in popularity of parrots as pets, it is necessary to educate parrot owners on how to properly raise their parrot. Parrots that are not raised correctly from the time they are weaned, have the opportunity to grow into disobedient and mean parrots.

Here are a few healthy parrot raising tips:

  1. The decision to own a parrot should not be based on the pretty colors of a bird. Do your due diligence and research all of the commonly owned and domesticated parrots that are available. Although parrots each have their own unique personalities, each species also have general characteristics too. Use these characteristics to help you decide which species of parrot will be best suited for your lifestyle. For example, larger parrots like Macaws will need more attention and training, whilst a budgie does not require such extensive care. Budgies are quite happy to be left alone, but Macaws will get very upset if you ignore them!
  2. Once you have decided on a species, your next step should be to speak with as many breeders as you can. Although they will each have a different perspective on raising parrots, they should at least all agree on a few points such as personality, diet, socialization requirements, health, etc.  Narrow the breeders down until you have selected two or three and ask them if you can visit them. Some will let you visit but will not allow you into the nursery – this is for the safety of the baby parrots.  At the very least, the breeder should let you meet with their breeder parrots. This will give you an idea of how well cared for the baby parrots are. It is best to purchase a baby parrot from a reputable breeder rather than from a pet shop; but do not let this persuade you from providing a loving and caring home for a pet-shop parrot if you find one.
  3. Some breeders and pet shops will let you choose your pick from a flock of baby birds. Make sure you choose wisely. Steer clear of a parrot with signs of malnutrition or physical abuse; unless you are up for the challenge of caring for them and rehabilitating them. A malnourished parrot will appear as if they have very sharp breastbones, but in actuality, their overall muscle mass has actually decreased due to not eating right. A healthy parrot’s feathers should look soft and shiny with no signs of plucking; and their eyes and nostrils should be clear with no discharge.
  4. A happy parrot is a well-socialized parrot. Make sure you continue socializing your parrot from the minute you bring him or her home. In the wild, parrots are always in the company of other flock members; try to copy this by encouraging your parrot to interact with every member of your family.
    1. There are a few important commands that you must teach your parrot. These will help you in not only taking better care of your parrot, but also will help him or her become better socialized. One of the first commands must be the ‘step up’ command – gently push your finger against your parrot’s breastbone – this will make him or her feel like they are going to fall off their perch and will instinctively step up onto your finger. Repeat these steps until your parrot voluntarily steps up onto your finger or a perch when you say ‘step up’.

The Wild in the Parrot

Learn more about birds and their needs

Did you know that every parrot or bird we see in someone’s home or in a store is, at best, only a few generations removed from the wild? That means knowing what the wild tendencies in any bird are and how to properly care for it in your home is vital for his health.

Parrots can live up to 60 years or more if their needs are fully met, but many birds unfortunately die much younger than that due to incomplete or poor diets or illness.  These are preventable things!

Learn more about birds and their needs

Fulfilling Your Parrot’s Needs

Every parrot has certain needs that you want to meet to keep him happy and healthy:

Parrots are very intelligent, and wild parrots use their intelligence to roam, explore, and learn.  It’s estimated that the common parrot may have an intelligence similar to a 3-5 year old child! This means you need to allot a few hours each day to having your bird with you outside of the cage and provide mentally stimulating toys and activities for him the remainder of the day.

His diet needs to be diverse and complete with fresh fruit, veggies, bird food pellets, and different nuts and seeds.  Simple bird seed is not enough to keep him healthy.  Poor nutrition can cause a non-thrifty bird.

The cage environment can be a breeding ground for disease and parasites.  Birds are messy, and it requires daily cleaning to properly maintain.  A poorly placed cage that isn’t clean is a disaster waiting to happen for a bird.

These are the three basic needs that every pet parrot must have: mental and physical stimulation each day, a complete diet, and a clean living environment.

Read more about maintaining the proper living conditions for your parrot

Raising Polly!

It can be so challenging to have all the information you readily need at your fingertips.  You want to know the ins and outs of parrot ownership as well as all the tricks of the trade to keep him healthy and happy.  How to narrow down all the information you run across on the internet and boil it down to the information you need?

Raising Polly: How to Raise a Healthy, Happy, Well Adjusted Bird is one of those books that you can hang onto, ready through, and reference from time to time.  The Raising Polly system was developed by a bird owner and breeder with over two decades of experience.  It’s guaranteed to work!

In addition to the Raising Polly e-book, you’ll receive audio files and a bonus book on training your bird, Training Your Parrot…all risk free to you!

Click here to read more about the Bird Tricks training program

Nathalie Roberts

Is Your Bird Toy Dangerous?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dear Bird Lover,

Did you know that Parrots, especially larger parrots such as Macaws, Cockatoos, and Amazons, have a mental capacity equal to that of a two year old child, with some parrots having intelligence equivalent to a three or four year old child?

As caring parrot owners, it is our responsibility to provide physical, mental, and emotional stimulation for our parrots. If we do not then our parrots will turn in to wild birds that bite and scream.

The easiest way to provide them with such stimulation, is knowing the importance of good parrot toys. Toys will not only offer your parrot great mental stimulation, but some toys will also help train your parrot to amuse him or herself. Others help to relieve boredom and stress; while others can even help bring out your parrot’s natural foraging instincts.

If you are the unlucky parent of a parrot that is seems to be bent on destroying anything and everything that is within reach of his beak and claws, then you will both benefit the most with good parrot toys. If your parrot truly is being destructive, chances are that he or she does not have enough toys to play with in their cage.

Remember that all parrots, regardless of age or size, should have at least five different toys to play with in their cage. It is best to have toys that not only have different colors and textures, but that also stimulate your parrot in different ways too.

One of the most important type of parrot toy to purchase for your parrot is one that encourages foraging. Foraging is a natural skill that all parrots do in the wild. In captivity, domesticated parrots can sometimes forget how to forage, as we make sure their food bowls are always full.  Foraging toys usually work by placing your parrot’s favorite treats inside a puzzle-type toy where your parrot has to figure out how to get their treats out. These toys can double as puzzle toys, which can keep your parrot busy for ages!

Parrots that like to chew things up will appreciate toys that are designed to be shredded, such as those made with coconuts, or cardboard.  These are great to keep your parrot’s beak very busy! Energetic parrots will enjoy having swings and boings in their cage. These toys will help your parrot stay physically active.

Good parrot toys provide a multitude of health and psychological benefits for your parrot and their importance should never be underestimated.

Can You Say Your Bird is Safe?

When you’re looking at giving toys to your bird, you have to be careful about what you’re giving him.  Not everything is safe, and some things could be downright dangerous.

There are 3 primary considerations for your bird’s safety:

  • Is the toy toxic? Many commercial toys are made with toxic items like formaldehyde, zinc coated metals, or toxic dyes.
  • Can your bird become entangled in the toy? Toys with ropes and pieces that can unravel or tangle in the bird’s feet and nails should be used under supervision only.  Birds have been known to self-mutilate if they become tangled.  Toys also have to be size appropriate or you may find your bird gets stuck inside chains or holes.
  • Can your bird ingest the toy? If your bird decides to eat the toy, he could poke holes in his digestive tracts or create a blockage.

Click here to learn more about potential problems in many bird toys

Finding Safe Toy Options

While no toy is ever going to be 100% guaranteed safe, it is possible to find toys that are largely safe for your bird.  Toys are important for your bird.  It gives him entertainment and helps stave off boredom.

Some of the best toys are ones that help stimulate his natural bird instincts.  Birds like to shred and pull at toys.  Natural materials also help encourage these behaviors in a safe way.  Natural materials like corn cobs, bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, and oyster shells are all excellent options in toys to help support your bird’s curiosity.

Learn more about toxin-free options in bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club

There’s a fabulous way to find toxin-free toys.  It’s called Parrots Toys by Mail.  It’s a mail club that is so simple you won’t believe it.  Each month you’ll receive a package of new toys that have been specially selected just for your bird’s size and breed.  They are also free of toxins, made of natural materials, and ready for your bird’s enjoyment.

You can even receive 6 free toys every single year!

Click here to read more about the Parrot Toys by Mail Club and how to join


Nathalie Roberts